It’s been a high adrenaline month for all of us at the IMAGES Group. And, even as I write this, our team is busy putting all efforts together towards a bigger and better 17th annual congregation of the India Fashion Forum(IFF). And while the central focus is on the activities that will happen on the ground at IFF’17, the Images BoF editorial team has also attempted something very important and timely.
As, you are aware, the magazine always focusses on a single fashion category in every issue however this time we went chasing the greatest fashion leaders of our time. The Fashion CEOs and Directors, as the fountainheads of the fashion industry thought, are the ones that will shape the fashion vision of the nation. And as the industry is poised for quantum growth, it was critical to hear them out.
The principal feature of this issue, “Meet the Masters”, comprehensively picks their minds on some of the most critical decisions that lie upon us. It is a small and distinguished group of visionary stalwarts that will drive the fashion revolution in India. These leaders are all also extremely hands- on and the ones that not only had the audacity to dream big, but also the perseverance to see it through to reality. I am sure, this synergic juxta positioning of their thoughts will prove to be knowledge laden for you all, with plentiful insights to aid you re-evaluate and reshape your fashion retail aspirations and pave the next way forward.
he Indian fashion retail market is moving progressively, driven by increased presence of organised retail, which inturn rides the rising disposable incomes, changing demographics, increasing brand consciousness, and the e-commerce boom.
And, it is now a place of high interest for global brands as well. In this issue, we scan the news-waves and present a report on the major international brands that were launched in India in 2016-17.
Do go through the articles on character licensing in kidswear and women’s jewellery in India and our features on retail and brand excellence. The Sportswear International section is a great curation and presentation on the buzziest buzz in 2016 from across the globe.
look forward to seeing you all at the India Fashion Forum 2017, Renaissance, Mumbai on the 12th and 13th of April 2017. Also, a final word of gratitude to all the fashion leaders who spared their valuable time to share their inputs is in order. Thank you so much, dear Masters of Fashion.